Valleywide Legal Blog

Medical Malpractice or Criminal Conduct?

Last week I wrote about an ICU doctor in Ohio, who was accused of deliberately overdosing 11 of his critically ill patients with a powerful painkiller and thereby shortening their lives.  After nearly a week of deliberations, the jury acquitted … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Nurses, Prescription Errors, Secrecy |

Murder, Malpractice or Compassionate Care?

A 46 year old critical care specialist is on trial in Ohio.  He is accused of deliberately overdosing critically ill patients with fatal amounts of the potent painkiller, Fentanyl.  He was originally charged with 25 deaths but the court threw … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Informed Consent, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Secrecy |

Traveling Nurses: An Increasingly Common Phenomenon

It is no secret that nurses are the backbone of the health care system.  They are generally caring and compassionate.  They are the health care professionals who interact most often with patients in both doctors’ offices and in hospitals.  Right … Read More

Posted in Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Nurses |

The Never Event.

In 2001, the concept of “never events” was introduced.  The idea was that a never event was one which was identifiable, caused serious injury or death and was almost always preventable.  The original list has grown and there are now … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Pharmacy Malpractice, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

“Blame The Patient”

“Blame the patient” is Play #2 in the medical malpractice defense lawyer’s playbook.  Play #1, of course, is “Deny, deny, deny.”  “Blame the patient” is #2 because it is so effective.  It plays into the human nature of the members … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, heart attack, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, plaintiff, Prescription Errors, trial |

Medication Errors Are A Persistent Problem.

Medication errors can and do kill and injure patients in hospitals, outpatient clinics and as a result of doctor ordered prescriptions.  There are literally thousands of medications, which can be prescribed for patient use.  Many have confusing names.  Many have … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medication Errors, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Malpractice |

The Electronic Medical Record.

One of the requirements of federal law is that hospital records be recorded electronically.  The requirement for electronic medical records (“EMR”) has a number of justifications, including portability.  Patients are entitled to have a copy of their medical records.  When … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medication Errors, Nurses, Prescription Errors |

Lots of Malpractice Out There.

I have spoken to or reviewed records for thousands of patients over the years I have been representing people injured by medical malpractice.  I have also read a lot of articles about the incidence of medical malpractice.  I can say … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Nurses |

Why More Pharmacy Malpractice?

Last week I blogged about how to protect yourself from pharmacy malpractice and remarked that instances of pharmacy malpractice were increasing.  The current situation was discussed at length in a New York Times investigation. The days of the corner Mom … Read More

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Malpractice at the Pharmacy

We don’t normally think of danger or risk when we go to have a prescription filled at our local pharmacy.  Maybe that should change.  For a number of reasons, the risk of a misfilled prescription is increasing. There are lots … Read More

Posted in Medication Errors, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Malpractice |